Parents’ fear as daughter, 23, vanishes in Guatemala

Backpacker
Catherine Shaw
23 who was
travelling with a
friend was
reported missing
in central
America
on Tuesday

Backpacker Catherine Shaw 23 who was travelling with a friend was reported missing in central America on Tuesday

A body has been found in the hunt for British woman Catherine Shaw who went missing in Guatemala.

She had been staying in the Lake Atitlan area of the central American country and was last seen by a friend the previous night.

She had been with a friend in Guatemala for two weeks having previously visited Mexico and California.

On Monday evening the Lucie Blackman Trust, which is supporting Ms Shaw's family, said a body had been found which is believed to be that of the 23-year-old, who is from Witney, Oxfordshire.

A second video, obtained by MailOnline, shows Shaw lying in a hammock and playing with the dog at her hotel.

The last sighting of her was at 5.30am, where she was seen carrying a puppy.

She was reported missing the following day, according to BBC News.

Locals, expats, law enforcement, and worldwide agencies made a taskforce to hike around the area, and search for the 23-year-old, the Facebook group Finding Catherine Shaw wrote.

Her parents also made a video appeal, which was posted on the charity's social media page.

Desperate’ Family’s video appeal
Desperate’ Family’s video appeal

And her parents said in a statement: "She has always been really good about keeping in touch and informing us of her whereabouts and activities".

The Lucie Blackman Trust, which has been helping Ms Shaw's family, said "foul play was probably not involved".

Drones were also used to search the wooded area.

"Thank you to everyone who has helped in the search".

Police opened a criminal investigation into Shaw's death, Reuters reported.

He added: "She was very much a nature lover and adored sunrises, so it seems quite conceivable that she went up the mountain to greet the sunrise, shedding clothing as she went". "She died doing what she loved".

It later confirmed that the body was Catherine's.

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